With just more than a day left before millions of South Africans go and cast their votes, 78 political parties will be contesting the May 8th general elections.

Forty eight parties will be contesting the national vote for a seat in the National Assembly.

There are 26 736 803 eligible voters that can take part in this year’s general elections.

According to the IEC, there are 300 000 ballot boxes around the country and over 60 million ballot papers have been printed.

The IEC has 22 924 voting stations across the country.

Last week, Police Minister Bheki Cele announced that 51 306 police officers will be deployed across the country, with help of 3 504 police reservists.

Meanwhile, Special votes for those who cannot make it to polling stations on Wednesday are taking place Monday and Tuesday.

Special votes start from 9am to 5pm in all nine provinces.

The Eastern Cape has the highest number of registered home visits for special voters in the country for the 2019 elections.

Election officials accompanied by party agents will visit those who cannot make it to the polling stations due to physical infirmity, disability and pregnancy.

In a statement, the IEC says over 775 000 South Africans have applied to cast a special vote.